Steve McClaren has been described as one of the ‘best coaches in the country’.
Former Premier League and Manchester United player, Dion Dublin, says that McClaren couldn’t have spent so long at Old Trafford and helped them win so many trophies, if he wasn’t a top coach.
Dublin believes that this is one decision Newcastle have ‘thought about’ and the club could be in line for their first trophy in 47 years IF the new NUFC Head Coach is backed by Mike Ashley.
“I think Newcastle have thought about this appointment. I was surprised to see Steve leave Derby County but Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and they now have one of the best coaches in the country.
“You can’t be at Manchester United for so long and be so successful, then become a poor coach overnight. He is not, he knows the game well, he will be able to manage that football club, no problem.
Just needs the backing…:
“He (Steve McClaren) just needs the backing of the people above him, for them to take this competition (League Cup) seriously, but he will definitely want to win it.
“For them to get anywhere near the Capital One Cup final is something he’ll be looking for, but he will have demands on his head as well. He can’t afford to disregard any competitions and has to look to go as far as he can in every cup.”
Dion Dublin sums up exactly where Newcastle are at, it doesn’t matter who you appoint as manager/head coach, if they aren’t backed by the club’s owner(s) then you are wasting your time.
Swansea and Southampton have punched above their weight through great managerial appointments then being backed by the TV bonus cash being invested in the squad.
If Mike Ashley had done the same after Newcastle’s fifth place finish in 2011/12 then who knows where United could be today?